Leadership Odessa


2023-2024 Leadership Dates

Welcome Reception
Thursday, October 5, 2023 (5:00PM-6:30PM)
Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Retreat: Prude Ranch in Ft. Davis, TX
Saturday October 7 & Sunday October 8, 2023

Session 1: Government & Public Safety
Thursday, October 19, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 2: History & Culture
Thursday, November 16, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 3: Business & Industry
Thursday, December 14, 2023 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 4: Medical Services
Thursday, January 18, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 5:  Media & Education
Thursday, February 15, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 6:  John Maxwell
March 2024 Date TBD (8:00-5:00)

Session 7: Social Services
Thursday, April 18, 2024 (8:00 – 5:00)

Session 8: Roundup & Graduation
Thursday, May 16, 2023 (8:00AM-12:00PM)
Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Thursday, May 16, 2023 (6:30PM)
Odessa Country Club

*Times may vary according to agendas*

Leadership Odessa always starts the day and ends the day at the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, 700 N. Grant, Suite 200 in the Bank of America Building.

Leadership Odessa is formed on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Carla Hartwig at 432-333-7854 or email her at carlah@odessachamber.com. 

Leadership Odessa is a program of the Odessa Chamber of Commerce that attracts a diverse group of businessmen and women. Each class is comprised of 40+ participants from a variety of sectors, including education, medical, small business, banking, industry, hospitality, and nonprofit.

The Leadership Odessa program is open to anyone who currently lives or works in Odessa, and whose organization is a Chamber Member. If you are new to Odessa, it’s the quickest way to get plugged into the community. If you’re familiar with Odessa, take this program to find out all the things you’ve been missing!

Who runs Leadership Odessa?

Although overseen by the Odessa Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Odessa is essentially a participant-run program. The previous year’s graduates put their new leadership skills to work immediately, organizing into committees and facilitating the incoming class’s activities. This passing of the leadership torch has been working beautifully since the program’s founding in 1978.

What kind of commitment would I be making?

In order to graduate, participants must attend seven of the nine day-long sessions.

As explained above, each graduating class is responsible for facilitating the incoming class’s year of activities. Additionally, several Leadership Odessa graduates are peer-nominated to oversee the coming year’s one-month Junior Leadership program for high school juniors.

Many lifelong friendships (and even a few marriages) have resulted from Leadership Odessa.

2023-2024 Leadership Odessa Class


Trace Notley 

Nicole Pool

Gabriela Aranda, Higginbotham Insurance

Zachary Bischler, Whitley Penn

Curtis Byers, Sparklight

Bree'Ana Cargal, SouthWest Bank

Salomon Chavira, Harmony Public School

Melissa Cooper, Ector County ISD

Aaron Cox, Allbright & Duncan Insurance

Adina Crain, Medical Center Health System

Steve Davis, Ector County

Garret Davis, Medical Center Health System

Sarah Dixon, Sarah Dixion Estate Group at Keller Williams Realty

Rikki Earnest, Ector County District Attorney's Office

Giovanni Espino, Frost Bank

Wayne Finger, Saulsbury Industries

Ben Ford, Grace Christian Fellowship

Cinda Garcia, Meals on Wheels

Sydney Gore, Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center

Makenzie Griess, Odessa Marriott Hotel & Conference Center

Rebecca Griffith, Yoakum National Bank

Kathleen Halford, STEM Academy at UTPB

Tyler Henry, Odessa Fire Rescue

Priscilla Hernandez, Ector County ISD

Sally Hernandez, Frost Bank

Tony Hughes, Ector County ISD

Terri Martinez, Ector County ISD

Ben Marts, Odessa Fire Rescue

Christina McKinney, Ector County Sheriff Office

Dana McWilliams, Ector County

Ricardo Medrano Jr, The Midessa Group

Blake Monk, Allbright & Duncan Insurance

Jeremy Moore, Odessa Fire Rescue

Alma Munoz, Ector County ISD

Magaly Nieto, Ector County ISD

Christopher Olivas, Standard Sales

Kacy Perez, First Basin Credit Union

Kris Phillips, Market Street

Becky Ramirez, Ector County ISD

Adrian Rubio, West Texas Credit Union

David Sanchez, City Bank

Jimena Sanchez, SouthWest Bank

Samantha Serrano, Medical Center Health System Foundation

Lindsey Simpkins, Odessa Chamber of Commerce

Katherine Sims, SouthWest Bank

Nidia Soriano, Boys and Girls Club Permian Basin

Edmy Sotelo, Safeguard Partners

Andrea Storm, Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

Denise Swanner, City Council Member

Carmen Tellez, Ector County District Attorney's Office

Sarai Torres, PrimeLending

Chris Tovar, The Midessa Group

Jennifer Valencia, Ector County ISD

Jess Walker, Standard Sales

Savannah Woodward, Young Professionals of Odessa


A HUGE thank you to our 2023-2024 Platinum Sponsors! This select group of pro-Odessa businesses sponsor every program and event all year long, gaining high awareness through signage and verbal name recognition from the podium. They also save by being a Platinum Sponsor instead of buying a table and tickets to each individual event. We couldn’t do it without their generous support!

Interested in becoming a Platinum Sponsor? Learn more here!

2023-2024 Platinum Sponsors Horizontal as of 10.1.23